TRAIL MIX Curated hikes within reach of the city (New York)

Category : LIFESTYLE

May 24, 2011

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Planning a hike upstate can be tough, especially for the car-deprived. But if hiking in the Catskills has been on your to-do list since last spring, maybe it’s time to let someone else handle the logistics.

Gear to Go Outfitters offers an array of year-round guided hikes, from the Hudson Highlands to the Berkshires, all of which include meals and round-trip transportation from Manhattan or Brooklyn. All you need to do is show up at the designated pick-up spot.

We like the popular (and not-too-taxing) Badlands and Verkeerder Falls Hike (May 29; $75), which winds through the Shawangunk Mountains and involves blueberry-picking, gushing waterfalls and perennial ice caves.

But we’re also eager to try the Hudson Highlands Yoga Hike (May 21; $80), which includes a professional yoga class, and the Art Hike (June 25; $90), where participants follow in the footsteps of Thomas Cole and get a crash-course in watercolor painting.

Plus, Gear to Go has devised a high-end spring menu for their excursions. On tap this season: fresh Italian and Thai fare that will put your trail mix to shame.


Put A Lid On It. How to Ride Your Bike In Style

Category : HEALTH & BEAUTY

Clockwise from top left: Bern, Yakkay, Nutcase and Human Tarot Project helmets

May 19, 2011

In case you missed the memo: Being a cyclist is cool. And whether you do it to up your hipness or just to get around, we recommend that you do it in style–by wearing a helmet as chic as it is sensible.

Bern With all the clunky, futuristic bike helmets out there (nobody needs to think we’re Storm Troopers), we’ve long been fans of Bern’s sleek, equestrian-like offerings. We’ve particularly got our eye on their new matte-purple number ($70).

Yakkay Pass your helmet off as a jaunty cap with Yakkay’s adorable helmet-hats. Once you buy the standard noggin-protector ($175) you can completely reinvent your look by popping on one of five interchangeable covers ($65).

Nutcase While we’ll probably steer clear of this Portland-based company’s kookiest helmets, we love their playful-yet-adult options, like the Union Jack ($60) and eight-ball ($50) designs.

Human Tarot Project Bike-riding goes fortune-teller when you wear one of Danielle Baskin’s hand-painted helmets (based on a set of early-20th-century tarot cards). Adeline Adeline offers three “telling” versions ($250), but you can contact the artist directly to choose from 75 other designs.


E! News Host Giuliana Rancic Launches Fitness Site?


Who knew? I was under the impression that this beautiful celebrity host was born with a slim figure – never having to lift a finger, let alone, set her sites on running a full marathon. Just another example of my putting s0-called celebs on a pedestal in my weak attempt to persuade that only the average ‘joe’ has to work so hard just to squeeze into those one-size too small pair of skinny jeans. Yep, no one gets off easy.

She’s not only a weekend warrior but a dedicated fitness guru who loves interval training, healthy meals, running long distances in an effort to release those feel-good endorphins and maintain her sexy physique.

Giuliana Rancic didn’t end up with nearly 2 million Twitter followers by accident — she earned them by answering the questions people tweeted her and offering insider tips on diet,fitness, beauty and more. And although the “E! News” host absolutely loved sharing the information, trying to keep her answers to 140 characters got “out of hand,” she told us. And so Rancic’s new site, FabFitFun, was born.

FabFitFun is a handy site filled with Rancic’s often Hollywood-based tips on fitnesshealthdietbeauty and more. “But more importantly, it’s a free daily e-mail that goes out every single day,” Rancic said. “There’s everything from kettlebell workouts to an interview I just did with Lisa Ling — we like to throw in women we admire.”

She’s especially excited to share her tips for snacks and hopes to clear up some of the mystery women face when trying to pick adiet-friendly bite to eat. “I have a lot of great snacks. I mean, you can Google ‘healthy snacks’ and read what comes up, but some of it’s processed and so many girls are on the run and working more than ever,” Rancic said. “If you can be a smart snacker during the day, you can keep your diet on track.”

And just for That’s Fit readers, Rancic shared the three things she always has in her gym bag. First, the Alex Bottle, which she just got in a gift bag and loves because its unique design makes it easy to clean or customize. Then there’s her iPad, so she can run and read — with the font enlarged, of course. (Mostly biographies, in case you were wondering.) Third, she always has packets of eBoost, a B-12 powder that gives her energy for her workout.

Rancic the Runner
In addition to launching FabFitFun, Rancic has decided to train for her first marathon. However, the race is still being debated within the Rancic household. “I wanted to be really ambitious and do L.A., which is in March. [My husband] doesn’t think we can get ready for it,” Rancic said. She disagrees, however, based on the fact that she completed a half marathon with, quite literally, no training at all.

“A few years ago, I was running five days a week, five or six miles. It was easy. But then I started going through IVF, and there wasn’t a day I’d ever go over three miles. I would maybe do three miles of walking and sprinting once a week,” she recalled. After running three miles a few days before the race, she realized it was going to be tough, but she got through the race by taking the pressure off herself and giving herself permission to stop and walk, even though it turned out not to be an issue.

“I told my husband, ‘You know what? I’m a crazy Italian. I’m super determined. I’m going to make it to 26 miles.’ But he said, ‘Honey, there’s a big difference between 13 miles and 26.’ So, maybe Chicago,” said Rancic.

The training shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Rancics — running together has become a time for them to chat and reconnect. “When we first started dating, we would talk [while running], then when we got married, we would have our iPod. Now, it’s funny — in the past year we’ve gotten back to just talking, and it’s really nice.”

Fitness and Infertility
Rancic has been quite candid about her struggles with infertility, from her doctor’s instruction to gain weight to having to go through two rounds of IVF treatments, the first of which resulted in a miscarriage and the second without pregnancy. We had to ask how Rancic’s plans to become a marathoner have affected that aspect of her life.

“To be honest, we’re not trying any more. We’re not doing IVF; we’re not doing IUI; we’re taking a break. It’s a good time to get back to who I am,” Rancic said.

“Thinking back on that 13-mile run, for the first time in a couple years, I felt like I was in control of my body again. I felt like for so long, my body had been turned over to medical labs and doctors and ultrasound machines. It was hideous. I felt like a lab rat,” she told us. “We went back for a second round of IVF, and sadly, it wasn’t successful, so we thought, ‘Let’s just take a break.’ And it’s been the greatest thing for our marriage. We’re so happy, and we’re having the best time.”

She’s thrilled to be back in her exercise routine, too. “I’m in the shape I love to be in,” Rancic said. “I love to exercise. I love to eat healthy. Your body is all you’ve got; you’ve got to take good care of it. It’s really not as much about vanity as it is about feeling good. I like waking up healthy. I don’t like waking up feeling bloated, full, hungover. When I was taking the medicine [for IVF], the hormones were driving me crazy, and I was eating things I wouldn’t normally eat and I could never work out. And it was worth it, right? Because I’d have a baby in the end. And so, when it doesn’t work, you’re kind of over it for a little bit and excited to get back to who you are.

“I really don’t know when this break is going to end, because it’s kind of going amazingly well,” she said. “If Bill and I get pregnant naturally, super! If we never have kids, it’s fine, too. We’ve got an amazing life together, and we’re family, with or without kids.”

Rancic hopes that her attitude can help other women who feel like they need to be defined by marriage or having babies. “What defined me was working my ass off and getting to where I am and realizing that I did that by myself,” she said. “I didn’t sleep with anyone; I didn’t have a rich uncle in Hollywood, you know? I was just an immigrant chick from Naples, Italy, who just had a dream. I am complete because of that — anything from here is just a bonus.